Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year 2018 - The Nominees



Here are the nominees in the Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year section of the 2018 awards! Sláinte!




The Dylan Whisky Bar (Kilkenny)

The Dylan Whisky Bar in Kilkenny is an old victorian style bar that specialises in fine whiskies. Our Whiskey Libraries now contains over 200 of the worlds finest whiskies, 140 of which are Irish that include rarities and vintage spirit that we are continually sourcing. With comfortable leather seating, private snugs, an open turf fire & walls adorned with whiskey mirrors, old advertising and memorabilia, we provide a warm and cosy atmosphere in which to chat with friends while enjoying your dram. Our curved, polished mahogany counters, ornate back bars, counter to floor decorative partitions dividing the floor space, dark wood panelled walls, snugs and large whisky display cabinets makes it the ideal setting to truly enjoy our national spirit, Uisce Beatha. Our slogan is "Taste, Feel and Experience the Spirit of The Dylan", so whether you pop in during the afternoon for a quiet drink, or of an evening when the pub is lively, it is unlikely that you will be disappointed. 



The Dingle Whiskey Bar (Dublin)

Taking its name from the Dingle Distillery in Co. Kerry, The Dingle Whiskey Bar aims to bring a taste of the western fringe to central Dublin. With its beautiful, cosy interior of reclaimed whiskey barrel oakwood, we are pretty sure you will get into the spirit of the place from the minute you enter the bar. As for the menu, we specialise in everything from Ireland's secret single pot still classics to the malts of Scotland's five traditional whisky regions to the whiskeys from all corners of the world. From the smoky malts of Islay to the honeyed white oak maples of Booker's small batch bourbon to the experimental concoctions and traditional stalwarts of Ireland's own exploding whiskey scene, we aim to celebrate the hard stuff in all its rich and wonderful diversity.  You can join our weekly whiskey classes, book your own private tasting or just pop in and have a chat with one of our bartenders and we guarantee that you will leave with a better appreciation for the golden liquid.



Bowes (Dublin)

Bowe's is a magical place for whiskey drinkers, A place to sit and experience a vast range of whiskey from around the world, with attentive friendly and knowledgeable bartenders but more than that bowe's is where you really feel welcome: it has been a home from home from all over the world for decades,
Like a little piece of the countryside in the very heart of Dublin, it's not just the whiskey that warms the soul bowe's is a place to look out upon the vibrancy of the city while encased in a blanket of warm hospitality.


Paris Texas (Kilkenny)

Paris Texas has an extensive range of beers on tap and in bottle to meet and challenge your tastes – just as our food does. We also pride ourselves on our range of spirits. With over thirty gins and around one hundred and twenty whiskeys, we specialize in quality Irish whiskey. These can be tasted individually or in ‘flights’ – selections of carefully chosen spirits to educate and elucidate your appreciation of the distillers skill. The choice is yours and the opportunity may never come again!


Matt the Miller's (Kilkenny)

Matt the Millers Bar & Restaurant is a traditional Irish pub located in the heart of Kilkenny City Centre. Overlooking the River Nore, Matt the Millers and its iconic period building are perpetually associated with Kilkenny and its nightlife. Matt the Millers is a one of a kind establishment. Daily live traditional music provides a stunning backdrop for outstanding food, drinks and what can only be described as an exceptionally friendly and competent service. We specialise in quality Irish whiskey, with over 60 hand-selected whiskeys, we host private whiskey classes and supply ever popular whiskey flights too.


Bison Bar (Dublin)

Sitting right on Wellington's Quay, in the heart of Dublin, is a slice of BBQ heaven with an impressive whiskey bar, boasting over 150 whiskies. From whiskey cocktails to bourbons, to Scotch and Japanese and of course Irish, there is a whiskey there for everyone at the Bison Bar in Dublin. 


Langton's House Hotel Bar (Kilkenny)

Located in the heart of medieval Kilkenny, Langton's Hotel Bar has become quite the spot in Kilkenny for a whiskey or two. 


The Hibernian Bar (Kilkenny)

 A unique atmosphere is offered at the award-winning Hibernian Bar which offers both locals and guests an experience not to be forgotten. The Kilkenny city centre is decorated to the highest standards in traditional style with comfort and relaxation foremost in mind alongside a rather extensive Irish whiskey selection. Sit back and relax near the open fire, enjoy the soft background music as the service comes to you. 





Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder (Killarney)

Nominated, but not eligible for votes. Please note this is included for display purposes only!

Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, a mecca for lovers of Irish whiskey everywhere! Close relationships with local suppliers allow the kitchen a fantastic opportunity to showcase the wonderful array of products and talent Kerry has to offer. The bar boasts one of Ireland's largest Irish whiskey collections and you will be amazed by shelf upon shelf of Irish, Scottish & international whiskies. Irish craft gins, a variety of craft beers and ciders, eclectic wine list, and a creative cocktail menu provide something for all to enjoy! A range of whiskey and wine will also be available to purchase and try at home. Whether you're seeking to further your whiskey education, be tempted by something new, or just relax over thoughtfully prepared cuisine Celtic Bar & Larder is the perfect place to visit in Killarney.



Dick Macks (Dingle)

In 2012, Dick Mack's pub was inspired to become Dingle’s first whiskey bar by Finn Mac Donnell and Peter White and consequently it has built a formidable collection of Irish, Scotch and other whiskey from around the world. Dick Mack's hosted the first Irish Whiskey Society tasting outside of Dublin in 2013. As a result, Dingle now has its own IWS Chapter of which Finn is a founding member and numerous pubs around the town have also added to their whiskey collections helping to put Dingle firmly on the whiskey map.
Whiskey conversation is centre stage in the pub now with regulars and tourists alike sharing a dram and eulogising the merits of Ireland’s national tipple in a very unique and warm setting.



The Folk House (Kinsale)

Three Irish words come to mind when visiting the Folk House in Kinsale, coel agus craic. Translated this saying means fun and music, which describes this pub perfectly! It is an old world, yet trendy Irish pub that specialises in infused whiskeys, gin, craft beers and ciders. This is a pub with a difference and the wonderful range of exciting and tasty infused whiskeys they offer include, Fig Jameson, Date Paddy, Jameson Pickle Back, Chestnut Hot Whiskey and Sloe Jameson (our favourite!) Famous for its first class selection of whiskeys, atmosphere, friendly staff and central location in the heart of the beautiful town of Kinsale, you may just pop in for a drink and stay for the night! The Folk House has something for everyone and every mood.


Flanagan’s (Killaloe)

Flanagan’s take massive pride in their extensive collection of Irish, Scotch and American whiskey. So much so, they’ve built their very own round stone Whiskey Tower in a nod to the Irish monks. The Whiskey Tower is a truly unique venue which is home to an exquisite selection of whiskey and a whiskey library. With its intimate surroundings and enchanting views across the River Shannon, The Whiskey Tower is the perfect place to enjoy guest tastings, a master class,  private dining with whiskey & delectable cuisine pairings or simply just to relax with a warm measure from their impressive collection.



Shelbourne Bar (Cork)

The Shelbourne Bar is a traditional Irish pub, which opened in 1895. It was originally two bars of equal size, divided by a pillar you can see in the middle of the bar counter. Up until 1996 the side of bar where the fireplace resides was called ‘An Siol Broin’, which translates from Irish to mean the ‘seed of the womb’ or the ‘seed of life’. In 1999 the two bars merged, creating one bar to be known as The Shelbourne Bar.The Shelbourne boasts the largest selection of Irish whiskey in Cork City with over 110 different choices to enjoy from all styles and flavour profiles. Each whiskey has its own story and our bar staff would be delighted to share it with you. Take a journey across Ireland, from the major distillers to the up and comers.



Welcome Inn (Cork)

Since 1845 The Welcome Inn has been frequented by locals and enjoyed by visitors alike. Always assured of a warm welcome (we still believe in having a chat with our customers), The Welcome Inn offers an excellent choice of fine spirits and local stout, a friendly service and a variety of entertainment (often provided by our colourful regulars!). We are proud participants in the Cork Live Music Experience and you can find free live music here every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. You wont find food here- we prefer to concentrate on the quality of our pints!


Armada Hotel (Clare)

The Armada Hotel is located in Spanish Point, West Clare; a place reflecting all that is good about the west of Ireland and the Atlantic Coast. The Hotel Reflects its locality in its food offerings, with local and Irish artisan food and beers, it offers stunning Atlantic views, with many rooms overlooking the coastline, put this all together with cosy fires, traditional music and of course a warm west Clare welcome! Johnny Burkes bar is the place to get a true feel for the magic that is West Clare with keepsakes from history adorning the walls, and a truly local atmosphere. Here you can meet the locals and enjoy an Irish craft beer or whiskey paired with some good wholesome food and a live traditional music session.


Mrs Benners Bar at Benners Hotel (Dingle)

A popular spot in Dingle, Mrs Benner's Bar offers guests an authentic Irish antique furnishings blended with the best of contemporary design. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and the old world charm in the comfort of Mrs. Benner's Bar with a few whiskies! 



Paul Geaney's Bar  (Dingle)

For over 25 years, Paul Geaney's bar and restaurant have been providing quality food, drink and entertainment for the local community and tourists alike. Their whiskey selection is always growing and offers a range for both the novice and connoisseur.



John Bennys Pub (Dingle)




Garavans (Galway)

Here at Garavan’s we have now been trading for nearly eighty years as a family run business, right in the heart of this vibrant city. We commenced trading in 1939 and we were called a “Spirit Grocer” which was the combination of a grocers and a bar. The original bar counter still remains in the same place since it was installed by my grandfather in 1939. We pride ourselves in our customer service and, the knowledge of Irish Whiskey that our staff offer our customers. We have one of the largest selections of both current and vintage Irish Whiskeys available in Ireland. We are a traditional Irish Whiskey Bar in its true sense. We strive to constantly improve all aspects of our service and offering to our customers. Slainte.



Tig Neactain’s (Galway)

Tig Neactain is located on the corner of Cross Street and Quay Street in the heart of Galway City. Since 1894, the former home of prominent animal rights activist Richard Martin has been a meeting place since it first opened its doors for a diverse and eclectic clientele. Tig Neactain’s strong connection with Galway’s arts and musical communities adds to the allure of its already welcoming interior. Whether you are looking for a seat by the fire on a chilly winter’s day or to soak up the atmosphere of Galway city while enjoying a drink in our beer garden, Tig Neactain’s door is always open.



Lowry's (Clifden) 

Located in the centre of the bustling town of Clifden in Connemara, Lowry’s Bar Clifden is an Iconic Irish pub, famous throughout Connemara, Galway and beyond for its warm and friendly atmosphere, legendary Irish Music, inviting character and vibrant mix of both locals and visitors.
As the 2015 winner of the “Best Traditional Bar in Ireland“ at the prestigious National Hospitality Awards, Lowry’s Bar Clifden can rightly claim to be one of the best traditional bars in the Country! With live Irish music 7 nights a week in season and a famous whiskey selection numbering over 200, Lowry's of Clifton is a must for anyone looking for the authentic Irish pub experience!


The Dáil Bar (Galway)

The Dáil Bar is perfectly located in the vibrant Latin Quarter, at the heart of Galway’s social scene. From the moment you enter The Dáil Bar you know whiskey takes pride of places with cabinets brimming with the finest selection of Irish whiskey. Explore the dedicated whiskey menu, try a tempting whiskey platter or sip on a whiskey cocktail. The Dáil Bar is part of the renowned Galway Whiskey Trail with their in-house whiskey experts always happy to make a recommendation.


The 1852 Whiskey Bar, at the Skeff (Galway)

A central meeting place within The Skeff, and taking its name from the time this specific part of the building started to serve liquor, The 1852 Whiskey Club is a cosy, intimate bar located on the ground floor facing Galway's historic Eyre Square, where you'll feel right at home learning about the whiskeys of the world. The bar features an extensive, but carefully considered and always evolving, collection of predominately Irish whiskeys. We also stock a chosen few international products.

And don't worry if you don't know your single malt or your pot still, we just love talking whiskey and can share with you everything you need to know about Irish whiskeys and how they are produced. The 1852 Whiskey Club is about discovery and trying new things. We want, over time to encourage customers to build on their knowledge of whiskey by trying as wide a variety as possible in a comfortable and fun environment. Sláinte, agus filter go Gailimh.


Taylor's Bar & Beer Garden (Galway)

Nestled in the cultural heart of the City, Taylor's Bar & Beer Garden has a very long history in Galway, dating back to the early 19th Century. In the 1940s, it came to fame under Patrick and Vera Taylor, selling quality meats along with snuff, tobacco and general groceries. Liquid refreshments including porter and whiskey were available in the back bar. There was also a hatch into the hallway where ladies were served until more enlightened times!

The bar has been restored to its former splendour and the front bar retains all of it's original 'Old World' charm. Taylor's holds an extensive selection of superb Irish and international whiskeys. It offers tasting platters for beginners, novices and more experienced whiskey drinkers. 




Fealty's (Bangor)

Standing gracefully on Bangor's high street, Fealty's has been a meeting place of choice for generations. It boasts an impressive array of distillates with Irish whiskey dominant. Behind the bar there are multi-level, bespoke mahogany shelves showcasing over 150 bottles; from both established and new distilleries that encompass the different styles and expressions of the Irish Whiskey industry.
Regular tasting events are promoted and their inclusion in the newly established Northern Ireland "Whiskey Club" can only forward the exposure of this elder statesman of a bar that is proud to promote and educate the joys of the "Irish tipple".


The Duke of York (Belfast)

Over the years The Duke of York in Belfast's Commercial Court has been the life of the city. Outstanding murals, street signage, Belfast memorabilia and an unrivalled collection of Irish Whiskey to make it one of the most "must see" places in the city. Visited by many and missed by few, there is something here for everyone.


The Harp Bar (Belfast) 

The Harp Bar, incorporating the Danville & Swinging Diddy Lounges is decorated in plush red velvet fabrics and adorned with antique furnishings resonant with Victorian Belfast. Walls and cabinets feature rare memorabilia inspired by the building's origins as a bonded warehouse - the headquarters of The Old Bushmills Distillery Company. 



Madden's (Belfast)

A very traditional Irish pub, about as traditional as it gets, with a fantastic whiskey selection!



Bittle's Bar (Belfast)

Bittles Bar is a traditional family run pub that has been based in the city centre of Belfast for almost 30 years. The building is recognised for its distinctive Flatiron shape. We have around 1000 bottles of Irish whiskey in stock, including high end whiskeys such as Method & Madness 28 Year Old and 31 Year Old. We also specialise in local craft beers and gins.





Dillon Bar (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Whiskey bar with Over 150 whiskeys, live music thu to sat and the legendary Dj Andrea on weekends! Happy hour every day from 16:00 to 20:00. Big backyard.


Whiskey & Alement (Melbourne, Australia)

Whisky and Alement is now a whisky bar that rivals the best in the world in terms of both its offering and its atmosphere. All the bartenders in this world class drinking venue possess the knowledge to lead you on a journey of discovery. We've been serving Melbourne's thirst for whisky since 2010. Our ever-changing menu of our 1000 whiskies features everything from the classics to independent bottlings, right through to some of the rarest whiskies in the world. Pair that with tasty cocktails and a rotating list of amazing local and international craft beers, and our friendly, cosy bar has you covered. Whether you're new to whisky or a devotee of the 'water of life', our team love talking whisky, whether over the bar or through our regular classes, events and private tastings. 


Patricks Bar (Paris) 

Patricks Le Ballon Vert is a family run pub in existence since 2007.
A rotating drinks menu of 10 draught and 30 bottles of Irish Craft beer and cider Patricks at the forefront of Irish pubs in Europe promoting Irish craft beers .
Over 300 Irish whiskeys on the menu has developed Patricks into one of the première whiskey pubs in Paris promoting Irish Whiskey to the French and international market.



The Dead Rabbit (New York, USA)

The Dead Rabbit is a tri-level mid-19th century style Irish/New York drinking saloon located at 30 Water Street in Lower Manhattan. The Dead Rabbit won “World’s Best Bar” and “World’s Best Cocktail Menu” Spirited Awards at 2015 Tales of the Cocktail, representing the highest industry accolades, and World’s Best Bar at World’s 50 Best Bars 2016. This follows wins of “Best American Cocktail Bar” and “World’s Best Drinks Selection” in 2014, as well as “World’s Best Cocktail Menu” and “International Bartender of the Year” in 2013.



Seamus O'Dowden's Irish Pub & Shebeen (Vermont, USA)

A small pub located in gorgeous Vermont offering the essential ingredients of an Irish pub: great chat and craic, great music nights, a cozy fire, good eats, the best pour in the state, and an amazing whiskey collection (over 600 different bottlings). Private whiskey tastings. Recently featured in the upcoming movie "Stormchasers".



Merlin's Rest (Minneapolis, USA)

A pub from the Isles in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota, dedicated to great conversation, community, culture and fine whiskies. Merlins Rest Pub specialises in all things British Isles, we currently have 126 Irish whiskeys and 340 single malt scotches and are adding more every day! 



McGurk's Irish Pub & Garden (Missouri, USA)

Established in 1978 as a one room pub house, John D. McGurk's Irish Pub and Garden has risen to the top of the class among the Irish Pubs in St. Louis. Known throughout the Midwest for its great Irish music, food and drink!


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